Living Wage for Wales

Living Wage
For Wales

The Living Wage for Wales is a collaborative effort to promote the benefits of Living Wage accreditation for employers, workers and the economy in Wales.

About the Living Wage for Wales

Cynnal Cymru is the Living Wage accreditation partner for Wales. We work in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation and other leading organisations to support employers with accreditation and work towards achieving the Living Wage for all workers in Wales.

Cynnal Cymru uses its employer networks and understanding of how organisations operate to help them overcome barriers to accreditation.

Cynnal Cymru also plays an important role in promotion of the Living Wage to employers.

For the real cost of living

The real Living Wage is based on the cost of living and voluntarily paid by hundreds of employers in Wales, and thousands of employers across the UK.

Join a movement of leading organisations

Capital Law, Wales Council for Voluntary Action WCVA, Cardiff University, Cardiff Council, Brecon Carreg, Careers Wales, Wales Co-operative Centre and the Cardiff third Sector Council. A full list of accredited organisations can be found on the Living Wage foundation website. They join employers across the UK ranging from FTSE 100 companies such as HSBC, Unilever and KPMG to small independent businesses who are choosing to go further than the government minimum wage and ensure that all their staff and onsite contractors earn the real Living Wage which meets the cost of living.
Paying the real Living Wage to employees is vital to developing a sustainable economy in Wales and developing Cynnal Cymru’s mission to make Wales a sustainable nation. Cynnal Cymru are looking forward to working with new employees across Wales to implement a Living Wage within their businesses.

Find out more

Visit the Living Wage for Wales website:

Find us online

For can also find us on twitter @LivingWageWales

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Living Wage Funders

This is a scheme by which funders use their powers as grant-makers to combat low-pay in the charity sector. 

Ranging from local authorities to charitable trusts and foundations, corporate, science and capital funders, our Living Wage Funders are committing to tackle low pay by encouraging the organisations they support to pay the real Living Wage.

Requirements of the scheme:

Become a Living Wage employer

Become an accredited Living Wage Employer with the Living Wage Foundation

Pay the Living Wage on grant funded posts

Living Wage Funders seek to ensure that all posts which are wholly or partially funded by the funder pay the Living Wage, unless there are particular reasons for this not to happen.

Support grantees to become Living Wage Employers

Support grantees to become Living Wage Employers by signposting them towards the Living Wage Foundation.

Share your annual progress

Provide a small amount of information annually about your progress.


By becoming a Living Wage Funder you:

  • Get access to guidance on applying the Living Wage to grant-funded posts, including templates and case studies
  • Become part of a strategic community of funders that support and promote the Living Wage, contributing to ending low pay in the third sector
  • Are entitled to use the Living Wage Funder Mark
  • Appear on the LWF website so that supporters and grantees can easily find out about the commitment you have made
  • Have the opportunity to work with the LWF on press coverage to promote your Funder recognition
  • Receive an invitation to events during Living Wage Week and a pack with materials and guidance on how to be part of the national celebrations
  • Are kept up to date on the Living Wage campaign and opportunities to celebrate your recognition

Alternatively, you can get in contact or explore the two accredited Welsh funders WCVA and Building Communities Trust.

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